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Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 4:45 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com's NFL columnist Pete Prisco already broke down who's expected to get the franchise tag from each team in the NFL. We're here to make sure you know exactly who DID get tagged, with our Franchise Tag Tracker. Tag salary numbers are the average of the top-five at each position for the franchise tag -- or 120 percent of last year's salary, whichever is greater -- and top-10 at each position for the transition tag. 

Team Franchise Tag Tag Salary Analysis

Logan Mankins, LG $10.73 million Mankins probably isn't thrilled by the designation -- he held out much of 2010 in a contract dispute. But at least now he'll be making "market value." For the Pats, they get to keep one of the best guards in the league, and are at least placating his camp with the possibility of a long-term deal.

Michael Vick, QB $17.10 million Getting Vick locked onto 2011's roster was priority numero uno in Philly. The tag, though expensive, gives the Eagles options on their long-term plans with No. 7 and Kevin Kolb, at least for the moment.

David Harris, LB $10.19 million Defense is kind of a big deal for the Jets, and since Harris was their leading tackler and made just $550K last year, getting him paid is crucial. But the Jets won't do a long-term deal without a new CBA so this will suffice for the moment.

Vincent Jackson, WR
$11.93 million

Here's another guy who's probably just thrilled to be franchised. Given what he made in 2010 combined with a hefty tag, V-Jax is a steal for the Bolts. He won't necessarily be thrilled without long-term security but at least he's getting paid like he wants to for a season.

Haloti Ngata, DT $12.38 million The Ravens want to get Ngata locked down, but they have some interesting history of double-franchising players before they do that. Ngata's price -- heavily inflated by big DT deals last year -- might not make that as feasible though.

Peyton Manning, QB $23.12 million Same as it ever was: the Colts tagged Manning in 2004 to make sure they could extend long-term contract negotiations and that's what's going on here. Price tag might as well be "infinity."

Kamerion Wimbley, LB $10.19 million Oakland originally appeared to be franchising TE Zach Miller, but when the final year of Wimbley's deal voided, they bailed and ended up giving the linebacker a $6 million raise from what his buy-back clause should have been.

Tamba Hali, LB $10.19 million
Hali's breakout season meant he was a top priority for KC, but the general feeling is that this is a "true" franchise-tagging in that both sides want to make a long-term deal happen ASAP.

LaMarr Woodley, LB
$10.19 million

Woodley finished the final year of his rookie contract in strong fashion, recording 50 tackles, 10 sacks and two picks. The Steelers seem likely to lock him down for a while, but this was certainly expected.

Chad Greenway, LB $10.19 million Minnesota tagging Greenway is particularly interesting because it means Sidney Rice isn't guaranteed to stay on the roster. That's not to say Greenway's a bad choice, just that the courtship of Rice by other teams should be fun to watch.

Ryan Kalil, C $10.51 million The Panthers not tagging DeAngelo Williams will surprise some, but Khalil probably presents the most irreplaceable value for Carolina if he hits free agency. Jonathan Stewart's on the roster and the Panthers think they can reach a deal with DE Charles Johnson. Khalil would have drummed up a ton of interest on the market.

Phil Dawson, K $3.26 million There will be jokes and jokes and jokes made about franchising a kicker, especially in Cleveland. But it's not as bad as it seems -- they just don't have anyone good in a contract year.

Marcedes Lewis, TE
$7.26 million

Lewis and the Jaguars are reportedly both interested in a long-term deal, so there's a good chance we're talking about a new price for the tight end by the time the CBA ends March 4. Either way, he's in Jacksonville next year.

Paul Soliai, DT
$12.38 million










































































Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

Steelers should use the Franchise Tag on Woodley, and work out a deal with him for the long term, and a transition tag on any of their good, healthy OLmen



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

If the salary for the transition tag is the average of the top 5 salaries at that position then why is Manning's tag salary 6 million more than Vick's.  Shouldn't they be the same?  Top 5 is top 5 right?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

You know why I love working here? Our smart readers!

But seriously, it is nice to have people that actually see stuff like that and comment about it. Got the Steelers in there. Sorry, it was an HTML issue.

/it's always an HTML issue

-BRINSON



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:38 am
 

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

Yeah, no steelers?? WTF, CBSsports!?



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:17 am
 

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

32 teams in the league not 31.



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